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About Preston

The history of Preston, a pretty city on the banks of the River Ribble, can be traced back to Roman times. It became a flourishing market town during the medieval period, a status still evident today to the delight of holidaymakers. Notable points of interest include the Minster Church of St John the Evangelist, Harris Museum, Town Hall, and Miller Arcade. The 94-metre spire of St Walburge's Church, the tallest in England, makes the city’s pretty skyline even more impressive. And on Winckley Square, you'll find a collection of grand Georgian buildings.

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What to see in Preston

Check out the Ribble Steam Railway and Museum's fine collection of vintage steam and diesel locomotives while learning about UK railways history. You can even take a 40-minute joyride on a train here! There's also the Harris Museum, which boasts magnificent collections of textiles, period costumes, decorative and fine art, and archaeological artefacts. Make sure to see the perfectly preserved 13,500-year-old skeleton of an ice age Poulton elk. To learn more about the region's archaeology and history, go to the Museum of Lancashire – its Hylda Baker costume collection and the Lancashire at Work industry display are particularly noteworthy. Nature lovers will be drawn to the Turbary Woods Owl and Bird of Prey Sanctuary, where they can see owls and hawks in a natural setting.

Spot farm animals and wild pigs up close at the Bowland Wild Boar Park, and stroll through the Victorian-era garden at Avenham Park, near the city centre, and see the Boer War Memorial, Swiss Chalet, and Belvedere. Meanwhile, Ashton Park near the banks of the river is always a hit with children, who love its climbing frames, roundabouts, swings, and play areas. For spectacular views of Preston, head to the Preston Guild Wheel, a picturesque 30-mile stretch that surrounds the city. Cover a section on foot or hire a bike to see the whole route. At Brockholes, a nature reserve near the city, you can explore the floating visitor village or see rare species of birds in the wetlands.

Where to stay in Preston

For the best prices on Preston hotels, consider booking in advance. Look for hotel offers in the city centre, where you'll be close to the main attractions and fine cafés, pubs, and eateries, or near Miller Arcade, a major shopping centre in former Turkish baths. The high streets, Friargate and Fishergate, are also home to some of Preston's best hotels, restaurants, and bars. Winkley Square has some nice residential properties that serve as independent hotels, and if you're seeking a peaceful holiday, look for hotel deals in Riversway, close to the Preston Docklands.

To soak up more of Preston's true essence and get a glimpse of its past, look for accommodations in the outskirts, in the charming villages of Inglewhite, Haighton, Goosnargh, Cottam, and Broughton. Here, you can holiday in quaint cottages converted into independent hotels and bed and breakfasts. You could also stay by the Guild Wheel, which offers easy accessibility to Preston's surrounding villages and countryside.